Fat Cats Photo Project Showcases The Heartwarming Side Of Chubby Feline Friends

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All images by Peter Thorne. Used with permission. 

Popular culture has always presented the image of cats as generally being slim and svelte. Peter Thorne breaks this stereotype by doing a photo project titled Fat Cats featuring portraits of plus size cats.

The prevalent image of the fat cat today in the media is cynical and not silly: the fat cat is a space for low-grade brutishness and malaise: cats posed with beer bottles, cats stuck in doors, cats seemingly contemplating whether they would like to eat other less-fat cats. Peter Thorne aims to deliver a strong message through his photo project that all body types can be beautiful and all body shapes can be healthy. Sure, they are fat, but they are also kind, complex, distinguished, smart, beautiful, and sometimes silly. Peter celebrates the underrepresented, larger, and chubby cats by putting them in the spotlight in his photo project. He has spent a year and a half photographing a large number of cats.  Continue reading…

Tiny Atlas SOLAS Is a New Take on the Casual Camera Bag

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The one crucial thing that every traveler and photographer needs is a camera bag that is lightweight, versatile, and durable, yet functional at the same time to safely bring along every day essentials. Tiny Atlas Solas, an on-going Kickstarter Project is a collaboration between Alite Designs and Tiny Atlas Quarterly aims to create the camera bag to fit those descriptions.

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The Pinhole Hemp Camera from Kanésis is a Cool Kickstarter Project

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Kanesis, makers of natural industrial products, is today announcing the Kickstarter campaign for their Pinhole Hemp Camera. The camera is made from natural raw material, namely Hemp, and is 3D printed, ensuring great results with no environmental impact. The camera includes three focal lengths (35mm, 50mm, 85mm), captures in two aspect ratios (24×36 and 24×24), and has two pinhole sizes to help users create a variety of unique shots. The project is currently seeking backers and includes a variety of unique rewards including the camera along with 10 rolls of film that come in Hemp Canisters.

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WANDRD is Back With The New PRVKE 21

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Tonight, WANDRD will be back with another Kickstarter project to kick off the launch of their newest addition to their PRVKE line of bags, the PRVKE 21. The company burst onto the scene last year with their PRVKE bag, which has been a hit for photographers and non-photographers alike, and WANDRD is hoping this new addition can do even more to expand your daily activities. They sent us a look before the announcement!

The PRVKE 21 is being billed as an everyday bag that is good for more than just photography, while still being a killer bag for photographers. As WANDRD puts it the PRVKE 21 is “A stylish and functional bag for everyday use. Designed with the photographer and traveler in mind. Built to be your daily workhorse.”

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Venus Optics’ New Laowa 12mm f2.8 Claims Almost No Distortion

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It just goes with the territory, the wider that you want to shoot, the more distortion and correction you have to be comfortable with – or do you? Venus Optics, maker of the Laowa branded lenses out of China has announced their new 12mm lens, a focal length that would typically feature significant distortion issues, which they boast as having almost no distortion along with an F/2.8 aperture. The Chinese-based optics company is launching the lens through a Kickstarter campaign.

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New Camera Lift-Strap Looks To Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders

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The Camera Lift-Strap is looking to solve a major problem for photographers who carry heavy cameras. The team at PONTE Leather Co. have come up with what they feel is a solution to that problem – the Camera Lift-Strap, and they are currently seeking your support to the tune of $10,000 in an ongoing Kickstarter campaign. The Camera Lift Strap aims to take the added weight of the camera off your neck, by instead placing it on a backpack. The concept is simple really. A quality leather strap with a built in loop and button attaches to the hanger loop on the top of your backpack and holds the strap off your neck, transferring the weight onto the backpack rather than your neck.

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Offer Your Clients a Uniquely Artistic and Timeless Product with Shots on Stone

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It’s pretty interesting that not many people have thought about what “Shots on Stone” is trying to do right now. There have been Polaroid emulsion lifts onto wood and stone, but this is a different process.

The project, just as the name implies, involves developing prints on stone tablets for an incredibly unique and artistic way to display your imagery.

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Galaxy Wants to Bring Dry Glass Plate Photography to the Masses

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The Galaxy company has been responsible for doing a load of really cool things: sheet film, direct positive sheets for 120 format, and today they’re launching a new Kickstarter for large format cameras. Ever hear of Wet Plates–as in Wet Plate Collodion or the stuff that so many photographers have used for forever? Well Galaxy has wondered why no one ever made Dry Plates, so they decided to do it themselves.

To use them, you’ll need to use dry plate holders before you put them behind the lens.

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